This olive oil soap recipe makes it easy to make your own homemade olive oil soap with just a few ingredients! It makes a wonderfully moisturizing and luxurious bar of soap!
You can follow the process in the olive oil soap recipe below to make your own soap and save a lot over buying it pre-made at a gift shop. You do have to be careful when making lye soap, but if you follow some basic safety procedures I outline below, you should be fine.
I’m sure you will want to stick to the recipe your first time making the olive oil soap, but once you get the hang of it, it is easy to modify according to your preference. So if you don’t want to use lard, if you have reactions to one of the oils, or if you’d just like a softer or harder soap, you will be able to modify.
If you prefer extra step by step instructions with 18 videos to help you feel more confident in soaping, my How to Make Soap for Beginners E-course includes everything you want to know about how to make olive oil soap including olive oil soap recipes is in there!
If you want to learn more about how to make olive oil soap be sure to check out my How To Make Soap Youtube Channel!
You can also purchase my homemade lye soaps by following this link.
Where I get my soap supplies for this olive oil soap:
I have included several links on places to get soap supplies. The places that I use the most right now are:
- Homemade Soap Making Supplies– My Soap Supply Store for Micas and Colorants, Molds and Thermometer.
- Essential Depot for Lye– Join their Greener Life Club for some GREAT deals like 20% off and free Shea butter with every order.
- Amazon for things like my mixing buckets, stick blender
Olive Oil Soap Recipe
Ingredients for 2 1/2 lbs. of olive oil soap
How To Make Olive Oil Soap
Before making soap, be sure to wear gloves, long sleeves and goggles to prevent burns from the lye if you should accidentally spill or splash it on yourself. If you get lye on yourself, don’t panic. It’s not going to melt off your skin or anything. Just flush with water and wash off with soap. Be extra careful to never get it in your eyes. If you get it in your eyes, then you should seek medical attention immediately. If you get lye on your skin, just be sure to flush your skin with a lot of water and put on something like aloe if you see a small burn.
You can use any kind of mold that you like to make your olive oil soap. Now that I do a lot of soap making, I use silicone molds, like these from my store but you can use a box, cardboard box, drawer organizer or anything like that. If you want to calculate the volume of your mold you can find out how to do that here.
This olive oil soap recipe is for a 1 1/2 lb. batch of homemade soap. The 1 1/2 lbs. is the amount of oil you use in your soap. If you have a bigger or smaller mold, be sure to run your soap through a lye calculator like this one. Each oil uses lye differently so you need to do this every time you change your recipe and add or take away oils.
If you aren’t using a silicone mold, line your mold with a trash bag or a grocery sack with the inside of the bag toward the soap (so the print on the sack doesn’t get on your soap). The bag will keep your soap from sticking to your mold.
Don’t forget to put on your safety goggles and gloves before you mix the lye and water.
Measure the lye and water in separate containers. Pour the lye slowly into the water. (NEVER, EVER POUR THE WATER INTO THE LYE!! It can cause dangerous reactions.)
When you pour the lye into the water, the mixture will get very hot – around 200 degrees. Let it cool to at least 120 degrees, but you can go as low as room temperature. Then, warm your oils so that they are within 10 degrees of your lye water solution, at least 120 degrees but you can go down to room temperature just as long as they are both the lye water and oils are within 10 degrees of each other. (For example, if the lye solution is 115 degrees, oils can be 95-125 degrees.) You can put your lye solution in an ice bath (as I demonstrate in the video) to make it cool down quicker. Otherwise, it will take around 30- 45 minutes to cool down.
When your lye water and oils are at the right temperature, then slowly pour the lye water solution into the oils. Stir just briefly to mix. Then, using your hand blender, blend until it traces, about 2-5 minutes. Trace is when you lift the blender out and you see dots where the soap had dripped from the blender and it stays on top for a second or two before it blends back in.
After your lye and oils come to trace, add your essential oil if desired. Stir until mixed and then pour into your mold.
Move your soap into an area that is safe from kids and pets. Then cover it with a towel. If you think your towel will fall into the soap, you can put a box or shoebox on top of it first and then put the towel over it all. Then let it sit for 24 hours. After that, you can remove the soap from your mold and cut it with a big knife.
After you have cut the soap, let it cure for 4-6 weeks and you will have homemade olive oil soap!
More Information on How to Make Homemade Olive Oil Soap:
You can watch how I made this olive oil soap from beginning to end in our video to give yourself an idea of just how easy it really is to make homemade olive oil soap.
For a much more detailed step by step process for how to make homemade soap, including this olive oil soap, check out my How to Make Soap for Beginners e-course. With 3 e-books packed with information and recipes and 18 videos to walk you step by step through the soapmaking process, you’ll have all the information you need to make homemade soap!
You can also check out my How to Make Homemade Soap Youtube Channel, where I often make soap live and I share my successes and also how I save my near misses!
If you like, you can purchase my olive oil soap here.
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